This orange dragonfly---called the Flame Skimmer has been flitting around the east side of the hill below the house for weeks and I've been trying to get a good photo. He sees me, and takes off. Yesterday when I came home from shopping---there he was. I stopped the car, grabbed my small Sony Cyber Shot I carry in my purse. I got this picture. (click on the pic.)
The lace in his wings is amazing.
Some facts about Dragonflies:
Dragonflies are heavy-bodied and usually larger than damselflies; their huge eyes are very close together and they are strong fliers. At rest, they hold their wings out flat to the sides, or slightly forward and downward.
Size: large; length 52-61 mm
Male: all red-orange including the inside halves of its wings. The thorax and abdomen are unstriped, the eyes, face, legs, stigma and appendages are all red-orange; the wings are reddish out to slightly beyond nodus (slight bend in wing) with a red streak along the leading edge
Female: not as colorful having an orange streak along the leading edge of wings only
Behavior: hawks insects from perch and holds it wings out flat when at rest
Habitat: ponds, lakes, slow streams, pools of rivers
SW flight period: February - December